Population 7176

Innisfail has seen destruction by cyclone more than once – in recent years by Larry in 2006 and Yasi in 2011, which destroyed homes and much of the town's banana plantations. But the town is resilient and is working towards recovery. The parks and walks on the riverside, as well as the classic Art Deco buildings in the town centre, add to the charm of this town. The area is renowned for its sugar industry and the excellent fishing in nearby rivers, beaches and estuaries.

Visitor Information

1 Eslick St; (07) 4061 2655

Nearby national parks

  • Wooroonooran National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Wooroonooran National Park boasts the two highest mountains in Queensland, along with wild...more

  • Crater Lakes National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, this national park surrounds two lakes, Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. These are volcanic...more

  • Mount Hypipamee National Park

    This small, but very beautiful, high-altitude rainforest national park boasts a number of ‘must-see’ features. The first is an...more

Nearby towns

  • Mourilyan

    Mourilyan is a small town in Far North Queensland. It is the bulk-sugar outlet for the Innisfail area. The history of this thriving industry...more

  • Babinda

    A small sugar town south of Cairns, Babinda boasts abundant wildlife, secluded swimming holes and untouched rainforest in its surrounds. In...more

  • Mission Beach

    Mission Beach is named for the Aboriginal mission established in the area in 1914. The beach that features in the town's name is a...more

In Town

Historical Society Museum: documents local history; Edith St.

Chinese Joss House: reminder of Chinese presence during gold-rush days; Owen St.

Warrina Lakes and Botanical Gardens: recreational facilities and walks; Charles St.

Historical town walk: see classic Art Deco architecture of the town and historic Shire Hall on self-guide or guided town walk; details from visitor centre.


Eubenangee Swamp National Park This important park protects the last of the remnant coastal lowland rainforest around Alice River, which is part of the Wet Tropics Region. See the rainforest birds on the walk from Alice River to the swamp where jabirus and spoonbills feed; (07) 4067 6304; 13 km NW.

Flying Fish Point: popular spot for swimming, camping and fishing; 5 km NE.

Johnstone River Crocodile Farm: daily feeding shows at 11am and 3pm; 8 km NE.

Ella Bay National Park: small coastal park with beach and picnic spot; (07) 4067 6304; 8 km N.

North Johnstone River Gorge: walking tracks to several picturesque waterfalls; 18 km W via Palmerston Hwy.

Wooroonooran National Park: 33 km W; see Millaa Millaa.

Crawford Lookout: for spectacular views of North Johnstone River; 38 km W off Palmerston Hwy.

Fishing spots near town

Russell Heads 34 km

Russell Heads is the junction and estuary system of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers, south of Cairns. I was fishing with Kieran Livingstone who had a Cairns Custom Craft aluminium, a solid boat ideal for river and... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo 63 km

Lake Tinaroo is built across the Barron River Gorge in the Atherton Tablelands; about two hours’ drive from Cairns via Gordonvale and Yungaburra. The lake was the first of Queensland’s impoundments stocked... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cheese-tasting 44 km

In the lush highlands of Millaa Millaa, overlooking Mount Bartle Frere, the certified biodynamic Mungalli Creek Dairy has a superb range of organic cheeses and yoghurts for sale and tastings. You can watch the delectable... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bramston Beach Campground 19 km

This campground in a small village with just a general store provides a quiet, relaxing stopover or weekend getaway. Bramston Beach is on the coast, 10 km north-east of Miriwinni on the Bruce Hwy, with excellent coastal... Find out more

Babinda Creek camping area 22 km

This campground beside the creek is a great spot for camping with kids. It’s east of the Bruce Hwy on Howard Kennedy Dr in Babinda, 24 km north of Innisfail. There is a maximum stay of 72 hr.... Find out more

Kent Island camping area (boat-based camping) 23 km

Self-sufficient camping is found on the west coast of Kent Island, part of the North Barnard group. This site is ideal for anglers and wildlife watchers. There are 3 sites with a maximum of 5 people per site; bring all... Find out more

Big Rock camping area (walk-in camping) 24 km

The Big Rock camp clearing is a 3 km walk north-west of the Josephine Falls parking area, and is suitable for self-sufficient campers only. For experienced walkers, Josephine Falls is the starting point for the difficult... Find out more

Graham Range camping area (bush camping) 25 km

This sandy campground with 5 separate sites is next to the beach and accessible only by 4WD. To get here, turn off the Bruce Hwy at Miriwinni, 65 km south of Cairns, and follow the road for 17 km to Bramston Beach. At... Find out more

Eastern Summit camping area (walk-in camping) 26 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers has excellent views over Innisfail and the undulating Atherton Tableland. The site is 4 km north-west of Big Rock camping area and 7 km from the Josephine Falls parking area.... Find out more

The Boulders camping area 26 km

This campground beside a creek is 6 km west of Babinda on Boulders Rd, with signposted access off the Bruce Hwy. There are 5 sites with no more than 5 people per site. There is a maximum stay of 48 hr.... Find out more

Western Summit camping area (walk-in camping) 27 km

Accessible only on foot, this campground is an 8 km walk from the Junction camping area at the Atherton Tableland (west) end of the walking trail. The Bartle Frere summit is just 750 m from this camp. There are no... Find out more

Stephens Island camping area (boat-based camping) 28 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers is on the western side of Stephens Island, part of the South Barnard group. There are 3 separate sites, each with a maximum of 4 people. Open fires and generators are not... Find out more

Kurrimine Beach Caravan Park 30 km

This very basic council campground is on Robert Johnson Pde in Kurrimine Beach, about 9 km east of the Bruce Hwy, accessed from Silkwood. The closest major town is Innisfail, about 30 km north of Kurrimine. The nearby... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Flying Fish Point Tourist Park 5 km

This quality owner-operated park is across the road from the beach in this small community about 7 km from Innisfail. The park puts on cooked dinners on Saturday nights and has happy hour on Wednesday. It also offers... Find out more

King Reef Resort 30 km

This beachside caravan park is part of a hotel complex. It has good basic facilities and is very popular during holiday periods. Meals and normal hotel services are available. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Mission Beach Hideaway Holiday Village 39 km

This is an excellent park at the heart of a very popular tourist destination and just a short walk to the beach, the shops or the local restaurants. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Beachcomber Coconut Caravan Village 46 km

Mission Beach is a dream holiday destination and this park is the perfect place to stay. It is set in a fabulous location just across the road from the beach. The shops are within walking distance. Bookings are required... Find out more

Googarra Beach Caravan Park 53 km

The park, close to Tully Heads, has a cafe and a well-stocked shop and also sells fuel. This is a convenient overnight stop or a good base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods. Pets are not... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park 64 km

This park is located on Tinaroo Dam, 17 km from Atherton. It is popular with anglers who come year round to catch barramundi from the stocked reservoir. The park has good basic facilities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 42 km

By renting out nine elegant eco-accredited treehouses (near Malanda), the owners have funded a massive weed-clearing and revegetation program – including planting 20 000 trees – on their 92-hectare property,... Find out more

The Canopy, near Malanda 46 km

Located at Tarzali, this place comprises six beautiful glass and timber treehouses set in 40 hectares of rainforest that has never been logged, with Lumholtz tree-kangaroos creeping around, green ringtail possums,... Find out more

Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages 57 km

Near Millaa Millaa, the two secluded bush cabins here, on 62 hectares of bushland and rainforest, can sleep up to eight people each, and are completely powered by solar technology and a small water turbine in Possum... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Fred Drew rest area 4 km

4km N of Innisfail (L) or 26km S of Babinda (R)

Just off the road at the junction with the Palmerston Hwy.

Bramston Beach camping area 19 km

At Bramston Beach

Idyllic foreshore campground situated 17km east of the highway.

Babinda rest area 22 km

T/O at Babinda

Secluded area on a riverbank located 500m south-east of the highway via the old Bruce Hwy.

The Boulders camping area 26 km

T/O at Babinda

Small campground located 6km west of the highway via the main street. Near a picnic area in the rainforest. Limited sites.

Diggers Creek rest area 30 km

18km N of Tully (R) or 34km S of Innisfail (L)

Small area adjacent to the highway.

Bingil Bay camping area 35 km

At Bingil Bay

Very small campground among dense vegetation on the foreshore, 7.5km east of the highway. Limited sites.

Mission Beach Camp Area 39 km

T/O 3 km N of Tully (R) or 49 km S of Innisfail (L)

Small campground located 24 kilometres east of the highway on the foreshore at the north end of the village. Good shade and facilities.

Tully Gorge camping area 52 km

T/O into main street through Tully

Pleasant campground surrounded by rainforest on the banks of the Tully River in Tully Gorge State Forest. Located 40km north-west of Tully. Good facilities and shade.

Gordonvale park area 53 km

33km N of Babinda (R) or 27km S of Cairns (L)

Just off the highway at the Mulgrave River.

What's on around town

Market: ANZAC Memorial Park; 3rd Sat morning each month.

Feast of the Senses: March.

Innisfail Show: July.

Game Fishing Tournament: Sept. 

Innisfail Cup: Oct.

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